Travel Blogs from La Romana
... properties from a place where there is public access to the
Punta Cana is full of Europeans and North Americans playing
golf, baking in the sun, stuffing themselves on hotel buffets, and taking bus
day trips on all-inclusive packages. I saw some of those tour buses at the
basilica in Higuey and even driving through the sugarcane fields and felt so
glad to be in my own car rather than on a package tour.
I continued northwest along ...
Had a bit of a lie in today, was nice not to be woken up by loud animals or shouting, just from traffic instead! Had the free breakfast at the hostel, pretty good - toast, jam, fruit, cheese, meat. Then headed out again to further explore. Went along the Malecon (promenade along seafront). Not very pretty as lots of rubbish ...
... drop out after 8th grade as they have no ID documents and so cannot continue their studies. They often end up working in the sugarcane fields and the cycle continues. Also a recent study was done in the region showing that the quality of education in the bateys is pretty shocking, with only a few being able to write their own names.
We then visited various elderly people who had health complications. The charity has helped to fund medical costs ...
As a farewell to one of the volunteers here, the group arranged to go to the river. First we had to buy supplies from the market and then pick up the massive sound system which was with one of the group who lives in a bateye. We also picked up a few friends of theirs who joined us for the trip.
Along the way we got to see people working in ...
... stupid guy hadn't forgotten his bag at the gate! This meant I got to New York at midnight and the room I had rented was definitely a welcome sight! The next day, Saturday afternoon, I finally managed to arrive in La Romana, a little tired and slightly confused what time of day it was but nonetheless happy to have gotten there with my luggage ...